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AV Rant #832: New Bulb, Who Dis?

November 3rd, 2022 Comments off

Lee Overstreet joins us while Tom is away this week. Monoprice’s Monolith Audition Series speakers look solid at low prices. And Epson’s EpiqVision LS300 & LS800 bring improvements over last year’s Ultra Short Throw projector models.

Pictures shown in this episode:
https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAduWt

00:00:00 – Intro & What We Watched
Visible progress in Rob’s apartment. And he watched Black Adam. Lee asks all of you, what should he watch? He’s looking for good, new Sci-Fi movies.

00:14:44 – Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are Joseph for his PayPal donation, plus our 139 Patreon Patrons, including Bastian.
We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Aras, Eric, Nick, Wayne, Brannon, Bastian, Greg, and Kris. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:17:31 – News: Monolith Audition Series Speakers
Monoprice’s new entry-level look solid at low prices: https://bit.ly/3T2UMC2

00:22:31 – News: Epson EpiqVision UST Projectors
LS300 & LS800 bring improved form factor and performance over last year:
– https://bit.ly/3WkzJhr
– https://bit.ly/3DWPrbq

Comments:

00:27:55 – Comment: Wayne – Thursday Night Football Streaming
The device you use might be the difference between great vs unwatchable.

00:30:58 – Comment: Yanick – Simple Home Cinema
A big fan of https://simplehomecinema.com/ Pro Guides.

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AV Rant #831: Firehouse Acoustics

October 27th, 2022 Comments off

Apple is using HDR10+ and a smaller, cheaper Apple TV 4K, GiK Turbo Trap freestanding cylinders, a detailed article on how sound works, and downsizing your theater.

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAcyGX

00:00:00 – Intro & What We Watched

Progress on Rob’s apartment, and he watched Marcel The Shell With Shoes On. Tom started The Peripheral, and has thoughts on streaming Thursday Night Football.

00:12:27 – Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Peter for his PayPal donation, plus our 139 Patreon Patrons.

Chris and Greg gave permission to use their photos on https://avgadgets.com/

And we appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Ilango, Jay, Will, Gurinder, Eric, Marc, Chris, Julian, Peter, Greg & Tony.

Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:16:08 – New Apple TV 4K

Smaller, faster, less expensive, and HDR10+: https://bit.ly/3FsbUhk

00:18:53 – HDR10+ on Apple TV+

Apple’s video services offer HDR10+ content: https://bit.ly/3W97pyb

00:19:44 – GiK Turbo Trap

Cylinder, freestanding bass traps: https://bit.ly/3TZBbUh

Comments:

00:21:39 – Comment: Bob – How Sound Works

Interactive web article: https://ciechanow.ski/sound/

00:22:34 – Comment: Karl – Screen Innovations & MadVR Service

Experiences with customer service.

00:24:10 – Comment: Infinite Gary – High End CD Player

Marantz SA-KI Signature: https://bit.ly/3FkH4Ye

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AV Rant #830: Lumagen, MadVR, and You

October 20th, 2022 Comments off

Pumping the brakes on some hype this week. 8K TVs are not banned. Netflix changes. Denon & Marantz Dirac plans. And just who needs an outboard video processor, anyway?

Pictures shown in this episode: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAbBfC

00:00:00 – Intro & What We Watched

Some progress on Rob’s apartment! And Tom watched Shadow and Bone, She-Hulk, Rosaline, and New Mutants.

00:15:35 – Listeners of the Week

Our Listeners of the Week are Stefan and Andrew for their PayPal donations, plus our 139 Patreon Patrons.

We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Shawn, Keshaun, Infinite Gary, Dazz, Mark, Stefan, Kris, and Rafael. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:18:03 – News: EU Energy Efficiency Update

TVs will need to use less power, out-of-the-box, in 2023: https://bit.ly/3s5UYFG

00:22:16 – News: Changes at Netflix

– Basic bumps up to 720p: https://bit.ly/3TAGmKk

– Basic w/ Ads starts in November: https://bit.ly/3DaXzVi

– Profile Transfer aims to reduce password sharing: https://bit.ly/3goF3Q0

00:24:00 – News: Denon & Marantz Dirac Plans

Audioholics got the skinny re: Dirac Live, Bass Management & Spatial Room Correction: https://bit.ly/3MNgTef

Comments:

00:28:56 – CORRECTION: Matt Poes – Dirac Spatial Room Correction

Some clarification about last week’s graphs and descriptions.

00:32:21 – Comment: Kris – Screen Innovations Woes

An issue with his expensive screen, and a lack of responsive service.

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AV Rant #829: Dirac Spatial Room Correction & Matter 1.0

October 13th, 2022 Comments off

Matter 1.0 is finally here to help all our Smart Home products talk to each other. Emotiva’s running an interesting sale. And we dive into Dirac’s Spatial Room Correction future.

Pictures shown in this episode:
https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAaJWA

00:00:00 – Intro & What We Watched
Rob used the TV Cast App to watch non-televised preseason hockey: https://apple.co/3RW8lCL
Tom finished The Imperfects, and watched Werewolf by Night.

00:13:34 – Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are Jarret for their PayPal donation, plus our 137 Patreon Patrons.
We also appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Dazz, Karl, Rafael, and Greg. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:17:23 – News: Matter 1.0 Launches
The Connectivity Standards Alliance’s certification program is live: https://bit.ly/3RP37c4
– https://csa-iot.org/members/
– Matter: what you need to know: https://bit.ly/3TkqDyR

00:25:04 – News: Emotiva Bring Us Your Dead
Emotiva 16-channel Pre-Pros are on sale. And you can trade in almost any AVR for more money off: https://bit.ly/3g3XI3t

Comments:

00:27:54 – Comment: Jim – True Lies from Spain
It’s still only on DVD in North America. Spain has a region-free Blu-ray.

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AV Rant #828: Stop Being Stupid

October 6th, 2022 Comments off

Stadia is shutting down. LG OLEDs will get smaller. And YouTube wants more money and longer ad breaks.

Pictures shown in this episode:https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjA9Kwg

00:00:00 – Intro & What We Watched
Rob watched the new Quantum Leap. Tom watched the original Hocus Pocus, Andor, and She-Hulk.

00:19:19 – Listeners of the Week
Our Listeners of the Week are Julian for his PayPal donation, plus our 137 Patreon Patrons, including Bertrand, as well as Julian for telling AV Science he knew to call them because of us, and Greg for treating Rob to dinner while at a conference in Vancouver!
Thanks to Jack and Greg for sending photos with permission for Tom to use them on https://avgadgets.com/

And we appreciate the notes of gratitude for keeping the podcast going from: Julian, Karl, Jack, B.J, Clara, Jorge, Infinite Gary, Gurinder, Jonathan, Ilango, Kris, Nathan, Greg & Bertrand. Thank you to everyone for continuing to listen!

In the news:

00:27:00 – News: JVC 25th D-ILA AnniversaryVia Karl – JVC preps a firmware update and 25 hand-picked DLA-25LTD projectors: https://bit.ly/3V0IdcV

00:29:28 – News: Google Stadia Being Shut Down
Jan 18th, 2023, the streaming game service will be gone: https://bit.ly/3SXFnDn

00:33:27 – News: 27″ & 32″ LG OLEDs
Smaller OLED monitors coming next year: https://bit.ly/3SZ90Ex
97″ OLED costs $25K: https://bit.ly/3e7ROOf

00:34:58 – News: YouTube Paywalls
Longer ad breaks and Premium necessary for 4K: https://bit.ly/3EkX6kn

Comments:

00:37:49 – Comment: Dazz – DIY Panels ver. 2
His updated frame design.

00:38:58 – Comment: Ilango – Fireplace Cool Wall
Manufacturers recommendation for TVs above a fireplace: https://bit.ly/3ryI8PX

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